Premier League 2018-19 ICYMI: Gameweek 1

The Premier League is back! In Short Manchester United and Leicester City got the 2018/19 season underway on Friday at Old Trafford. The hosts took an early lead through Paul Pogba’s penalty and Luke Shaw capped off a decent performance with a goal to win the game – the first of his senior career. Jan…

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Fabinho: the missing piece in Liverpool’s midfield puzzle?

Liverpool took fans completely by surprise with the announcement of a long-term deal for Fabinho Tavares in May. The club’s first signing of this summer was completed well before the World Cup shenanigans got underway. With the Brazilian not called up to Tite’s squad in Russia, his availability to train under Jürgen Klopp during the…

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Steven Gerrard: a familiar face in an unfamiliar place

The end of the club football calendar brings with it an unmatched range of emotions. The spring curtain closer is a truly ‘come one, come all’ event that ensures space for celebration, confusion and acute sadness. It’s the confusion bit that, at times, can be the most unnerving. Sitting in this place of limbo is…

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Salah versus Ronaldo – the storyline of the Champions League final?

When I was a smaller lad, running around in the mucky soccer pitch of Bredon Hill Middle School in Ashton-under-Hill, my level of skill earned me the nickname Rhino. My one “skill” was charging at other players who had the ball. Since those formative years, I’ve come to greatly admire and envy those with greater…

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: the potential pundit?

Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was supposed to be a part of the 2018 World Cup with England. In case you’ve been living under a footballing rock, you may have missed the 24-year-old’s horrific knee injury during Liverpool’s Champions League semifinal against A.S. Roma. This distressing 15th minute attempted challenge on Aleksandar Kolarov put an immediate…

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Champions League ICYMI: The finalists have been decided

This week saw the two second legs of the semi-finals take place, and we found out who will be going to battle in Kiev on the 26th May, 2018. In Short First up was Real Madrid v Bayern. Madrid took a 2-1 lead home to the Bernabeu after the first leg in Munich. It was…

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Fallout in Serie A as Juventus take one step closer to the title

PLUS: Klopp to lose right hand man, Deulofeu’s Barca snub and Gerrard to Rangers? Fallout in Serie A as Juventus take one step closer to the title It was an insane weekend of football in Italy’s top flight. Trailing 2-1 against ten-man Inter Milan, Juventus looked as though they were throwing the title away. Some…

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Champions League ICYMI: One foot in the final for Liverpool

The semi-finals are upon us, and this week saw Liverpool, Roma, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich go to battle for a place in the Champions League final. In Short Bayern Munich are in an injury crisis and things got worse against Real Madrid last night. Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez, and Arjen Robben all left the…

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Salah wins PFA Player of the Year

PLUS: Napoli keep Serie A fight alive, Spurs fall once again and Wenger’s successor race lights up. Salah wins PFA Player of the Year award Much has been made in recent weeks of the battle between Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne for the much-coveted PFA Player of the Year award. Last night, the winner…

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The football derby: death by dollars and diplomacy

If you had to describe a derby to someone in three words, you’d probably use words along the lines of “pride”, “passion”, and “emotion”. This might be an outdated perception, however, as in recent years, derbies across the globe have fallen short of expectations. But why? Earlier in the season, Arsene Wenger rested key players…

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